Early Birds’ Chat

A Year Ago: President Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, N.Y., July 30, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)



Back in a bit with (a very late) Rise and Shine and several gazillion thank yous to the mighty UT for captaining the ship solo the last few days. See ya soon.

92 Responses to “Early Birds’ Chat”

  1. 1 COS
    July 30, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Good morning.

    • July 30, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Welcome back, Chips!

      We missed you, as does WordPress, I think.

      It’s good to know I’m not alone in not being able to sign-in on WP.

      UTA has contributed spectacular and informative posts the last few days. Really don’t know how she does it all, and so efficiently, too.

  2. 6 desertflower
    July 30, 2013 at 9:43 am


  3. 7 desertflower
    July 30, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Bringing this over because it’s great news about Obamacare….


    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force — a government-backed panel of scientists and medical professionals charged with prescribing which preventative health care services Americans should pursue — recommended on Monday that heavy smokers get a yearly CT scan in order to check for lung cancer. The task force believes the screenings could save as many as 20,000 lives per year. And thanks to the Affordable Care Act, at-risk Americans will be able to get them for free.

    • 8 vcprezofan2
      July 30, 2013 at 10:24 am

      Not sure how I feel about this. While acknowledging that I haven’t given the matter any serious thought, this might be one of those instances when I lean towards the ‘heavy smokers’ taking responsibility and paying for their own CT scan. I see smoking as a choice, not as an illness.

      • 9 ericfive
        July 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm

        Screening and catching an illness (cancer) early is likely to save both money and lives.

        • 10 vcprezofan2
          July 30, 2013 at 1:31 pm

          Part of me knows that, but I admit another part is impatient with people who deliberately choose to poison their bodies with nicotine. IMO no one should be a ‘heavy smoker’ in this day and age when there has been so much documented info about the dangers. If through freedom of choice they make that decision then allow them the responsibility for their own care. That would save money, and ‘saving’ their lives would be their own choice. Yeah, yeah, stupid ‘reasoning’, but my gut reaction. Can you tell smoking is a pet peeve?

  4. July 30, 2013 at 9:46 am

    G’m and congrats COS.

  5. 14 desertflower
    July 30, 2013 at 9:49 am

    3 way tie:) Congrats Hope and COS!

  6. July 30, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Gooood mmmooorrrnnninnnnn, Chipstar!! Miss you!!

  7. July 30, 2013 at 9:50 am

  8. 25 vcprezofan2
    July 30, 2013 at 9:51 am

    😯 Chipsticks? 😛 😛 –

    Good Morning, Lady Mayor! Welcome back! 😉 I trust you are all caught up now!

  9. 28 hopefruit2
    July 30, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Thanks Chips – looking forward to R & S! 🙂

  10. July 30, 2013 at 9:53 am

  11. 32 hopefruit2
    July 30, 2013 at 9:58 am

    In case the feckless MSM decides to bail…

  12. 35 vcprezofan2
    July 30, 2013 at 9:59 am

    BTW Chips, have you changed the meaning of the expression ‘early bird’? As a friend I feel it imperative to hint you towards the fact that 9-ish is not early in the real world – try ‘Mid-morning Chat’, or ‘I don’t know the time Chat, or even ‘Oh, be quiet about my late arrival Chat’. Just saying.

    • July 30, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Well, the bird is there (AF-1). Whether it is early or late in the day is hard to determine without further context.

      Anyway, in Europe the “Early Birds’ Chat”s are always afternoon fodder anyway 🙂

      • 37 vcprezofan2
        July 30, 2013 at 10:21 am

        Rats, Toon! Now you are using Chips’ favourite disclaimer re time! She usually doesn’t hesitate to point out, like you have, that it is whatever time of day she wants somewhere in the world. In my more rational moments I concede she has a 1/2 point, particularly since this IS a world blog. 😉

  13. July 30, 2013 at 9:59 am

  14. July 30, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Morning all you O’s!! Here’s a pre rising and a shinin’ nod to TODdytown on this great getting up day!

    So I attempted to install an interior door by myself and now await the contractor to reset the hinges, raise the floor, lower the ceiling and put the doorknob on the side that the door actually opens. So much for the DIY network, ‘so easy a child can do it’.

    • 40 desertflower
      July 30, 2013 at 10:05 am

      🙂 🙂 You made me LOL. I know this feeling well! Can’t say we didn’t TRY!

      Morning, Chipster!! UT had everything covered nicely….isn’t it nice to be able to leave home and know everything’s fine?

    • 41 vcprezofan2
      July 30, 2013 at 10:11 am

      😆 😆 I can actually picture this, or something similar. You are a brave and adventurous soul! Me, I’ve long since realized that out of thoughtfulness they left out ‘excluding VC’ after the ‘so easy a child can do it’, so I take it for granted.

      • 42 cookemom
        July 30, 2013 at 10:30 am

        I’m quickly beginning to realize my limitations. I’ve purchased 4 doors, only to find out the door I really liked was 2 inches too small for the frame, even after I measured several times. I told the family that if they tilt their heads just about 35 degrees to the left while looking over the shoulder, then it’s barely noticeable. They didn’t buy it, thus the contractor. Now I have 3 extra doors, 2 of which I can’t return. Hopefully I can use them in the basement remodel.

        • 43 vcprezofan2
          July 30, 2013 at 10:52 am

          You know, Cookem, you really inspire me … … to leave it with the contractors (or other experienced folk) from the start. In truth I can’t even do a good paint job! After I painstakingly painted my front door (creating a whole lot of mess in the process – tons of different brushes, soiled sheets and lots and lots of rags etc etc) I was a bit ticked when friends arriving would ask ‘Who painted the door?’ in a very skeptical manner. When I said ‘me’, some said ‘Oh’, while others rolled their eyes and one smartiepants said ‘Why didn’t you call me. I would’ve done it for you.’ Another reason I gave up pretending I could was that things that take me for-evah and end up looking like *I* did it, takes whoever else does it a minimum amount of time. As a birthday gift, my cousin painted the hallway and three rooms in less than a day and she didn’t need one single sheet placed on the floor!

  15. 44 Allison
    July 30, 2013 at 10:04 am

  16. 45 vcprezofan2
    July 30, 2013 at 10:07 am

    A carry-over [And somewhere in his day our energized president will meet with the Palestinian and Israeli negotiators, as noted in a tweet above.]

    Today’s Schedule

    10:00AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

    10:45AM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews

    11:00AM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews

    12:30PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Chattanooga, Tennessee

    1:35PM THE PRESIDENT tours the Amazon Fulfillment Center – Chattanooga, Tennessee

    2:00PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks

    3:05PM THE PRESIDENT departs Chattanooga, Tennessee en route Washington, DC

    4:40PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Joint Base Andrews

    4:55PM THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House

    5:10PM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

  17. July 30, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Thanks, Meta, for the info on the President’s trip.

    TODville is so good at sleuthing and coming up with results!

    Did y’all see this, from yesterday?

    From conservative darling Byron York”
    “t may be that the Republican Party is too divided to have a real civil war. Perhaps chaos would be a better description. ”

    GOP chaos is good.

  18. 49 desertflower
    July 30, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Because these idiots hate the ACA…YOU should, too! Not only that, but you shouldn’t sign up and if you get sick, you might want to hurry up and die. Lovely. Their hate consumes them.


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  21. 54 desertflower
    July 30, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Another prison break.. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/30/us-pakistan-prison-attack-idUSBRE96S0WG20130730

    In an operation carried out with military-like precision, Taliban fighters disguised as police and armed with bombs broke 250 prisoners out of a Pakistan jail on Tuesday with the help of what appeared to be insider informants.

    The attack in the city of Dera Ismail Khan showed the ability of the al Qaeda-linked Pakistani Taliban to strike at the heart of Pakistan’s heavily guarded prison system and walk away with dozens of senior Taliban fighters and commanders.

  22. 55 desertflower
    July 30, 2013 at 10:23 am

    A little preview:)


    President Barack Obama will propose a “grand bargain for middle-class jobs” on Tuesday that would cut the U.S. corporate tax rate and use billions in revenues generated by a business tax overhaul to fund projects aimed at creating jobs.

    His goal, to be outlined in a speech at an Amazon.com Inc facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is to break through congressional gridlock by trying to find a formula that satisfies both Republicans and Democrats.

    Efforts to reach a bipartisan “grand bargain” on deficit reduction have been at an impasse for months. Senior administration officials say Obama is not giving up on a big deficit-cutting package, but given that no agreement appears on the horizon so far, he is offering a new idea to try to follow through on his 2012 re-election campaign promises to help the middle class.

    “As part of his efforts to focus Washington on the middle class, today in Tennessee the president will call on Washington to work on a grand bargain focused on middle-class jobs by pairing reform of the business tax code with a significant investment in middle-class jobs,” Obama senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said.

  23. July 30, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I checked out the @timesfreepress timeline, and they are clearly anti-Obama in a major way. They report that 64% of residents wish that he wasn’t visiting. Glad that they’re providing live info, but they are so misinformed.

    • 57 hopefruit2
      July 30, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Indeed they are misinformed. But like PBO, we are focused on the 35% who ARE supportive and happy to see the President 🙂

  24. July 30, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Secretary Kerry is expected to make a statement on Israeli-Palestinian talks early this evening.

  25. 60 desertflower
    July 30, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Collecting their hefty paychecks, plotting against this President and the workings of govt. How is this NOT SEDITION?


    audio of a May Groundswell meeting held in May obtained by C&L reveals Groundswellers met with top Congressional leaders to lobby for a select committee endowed with subpoena power to investigate the White House. Lobbying may be too mild a term, since they really are plotting with those same leaders to invent very real scandals with very real investigations in order to sink the country into a mire of inaction and sabotage the remaining years of President Obama’s term.


    There was wave after wave of headlines about these so-called scandals. Some people wrote about what an awful week the White House had. It wasn’t coincidence. It was orchestrated and planned by this group of people, who had the will and the power to secure the participation of people like Darrell Issa, John Boehner and more.

    • 61 desertflower
      July 30, 2013 at 10:29 am

      A MUST READ….and pass

    • 62 pickle48
      July 30, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Thanks, df. That is important information. I hope it becomes public knowledge.

      • 63 desertflower
        July 30, 2013 at 11:16 am

        Only if WE make it so! you don’t think MSM will enlighten Americans, do you ? 🙂

        • 64 ericfive
          July 30, 2013 at 11:31 am

          The MSM was an eager and willing participant in the conspiracy to depict the Obama administration as “scandal plagued”. I commented at the time on the coordinated nature of the scandal meme the MSM was pushing. I take solace in the fact that they FAILED in their mission to smear PBO with fake scandals. Thankfully, the general public is not a stupid as the 1%ers and their political/media enablers think.

  26. July 30, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I grew up in the San Diego area (not the city itself, so never voted for mayor), but Filner’s got a lot of damn gall.

    He and Weiner are both going to be out (of office/race), sooner rather than later. It’s good to weed out the Dems that tarnish the good that most Dems represent.

    Bill de Blasio is the one that true Dems should support in the NYC mayor’s race. He’s supported by Obama admaker @delcecato:

    • 66 Vicki
      July 30, 2013 at 11:53 am

      I’m a NYC resident who has been on Board with Bill DeBlasio since he announced. Until this week I didn’t have much hope but now it seems the Weiner noise is abating and the most excellent Mr. DeBlasio is getting some oxygen!

      • 67 57andfemale
        July 30, 2013 at 12:39 pm

        Is it true that Christine Quinn is nothing more than a Bloomberg clone in Democratic clothing?

        I like to get local news from locals. I know how distorted Chicago politics can become in the national conversation and it drives me nuts.

  27. July 30, 2013 at 10:40 am


  28. 70 desertflower
    July 30, 2013 at 10:53 am

    They are so slimey. http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/07/30/2379241/medicare-anniversary-attack-ads/

    Today is the 48th anniversary of Medicare, and political candidates on both sides of the aisle have launched ads accusing each other of failing to adequately support the program.
    Though Republicans opposed its creation in 1965, sought deep cuts to ensure that it “wither on the vine” in 1990s, and now support a dramatic restructuring that would substantially privatize Medicare, the National Republican Congressional Committee is out with ads criticizing Democrats for cutting $716 billion from the program.

    • July 30, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      How lovely would it be if the Dems were running an equal campaign to inform people exactly where that $716 billion was taken from (overpays to insurance companies – i.e. into the private bank accounts of insurance executives in the form of bonuses for bilking Americans of their hard-earned money and providing them with insecure health insurance) and where it went to (right back into the program to extend the life of Medicare for several more years).

  29. 72 JER
    July 30, 2013 at 10:56 am

    LIVE NOW – President Obama departs for TN – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  30. 73 desertflower
    July 30, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Hoping that susanne is alright. http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/07/30/2378791/tropical-storm-flossie-hits-hawaii/

    Tropical Storm Flossie slowly exited the Hawaiian Islands on Tuesday, after the storm whipped the state with intense rain, heavy wind, thunder and lighting on Monday. The storm left widespread power outages its wake, mainly from damage to power lines from wind and thunderstorms.

    At times, the rain fell at a rate of 4 inches per hour — the tropical storm brought 6 inches of rain on the Big Island, and 2 inches on other islands. The storm also brought the possibility of mudslides in the mountains, and dangerously high surf to the coasts. Schools and courts were closed after Governor Neil Abercrombie declared a state of emergency on Sunday, just before the storm hit the Big Island. State officials urged tourists to cancel all beach trips until further notice, while airlines canceled or delayed many flights and three ports on Maui and the Big Island were closed.

  31. July 30, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Top of the morning to ya, O’Todsters. Not sure why I’m feeling Irish today, but I do! I love visiting TOD and enjoy the community and good information. I’m looking forward to POTUS’ speech today. How wonderful that it’s at Amazon and Amazon announced they are hiring 5,000 new workers! I’m just looking through articles so will post any good ones I find. First is

    Chrysler’s 2Q net income up 16 percent on US sales

    …Chrysler said Tuesday that its net income rose 16 percent to $507 million in the April-June period from $436 million a year ago. It was Chrysler’s eighth straight quarterly profit….

    …”Chrysler Group is poised for a very strong performance in the second half of the year,” Marchionne said Tuesday in a statement…

  32. 76 vcprezofan2
    July 30, 2013 at 11:02 am

    SoS Kerry to speak any moment now.


  33. 79 japa21
    July 30, 2013 at 11:06 am

  34. 81 vcprezofan2
    July 30, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Want a quick trip on Marine One?

  35. July 30, 2013 at 11:08 am

    This may help the city give retirees more money in other ways.

    As Detroit Faces Bankruptcy, Obamacare May Help Cut Down On Health Costs

    …Detroit, the largest U.S. city to declare bankruptcy, owes $5.7 billion in outstanding health costs for retired residents. But, thanks to the health reform law, city officials may be able to significantly cut those costs….

  36. July 30, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Hmmmm, I think the earlier report about remarks later may have been in error:

  37. 85 desertflower
    July 30, 2013 at 11:18 am

    ClassicalProgressive ‏@ProgressEconomy 6m
    The @NationalDebt has DROPPED $90.719 billion since 5/1/2013 cc:@JeffersonObama @IvanTheK
    Retweeted by Jeff Gauvin

    • 86 desertflower
      July 30, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Actually…I think this figure is wrong…I think it’s more like 125 BILLION…..posted that the other day:)

  38. 87 desertflower
    July 30, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Cowards that they are. http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2013_07/devising_an_immaculate_death_f046102.php

    It’s increasingly clear that the main concern of congressional Republicans about immigration reform is to spread the blame for its demise, if, as seems very likely, no feasible bill can overcome the Hastert Rule. There’s another article out today from National Journal’s Chris Frates based on House Republican sources that tries to characterize John Boehner’s decision against action on immigration reform prior to the August recess as part of some sort of genius strategy to “slow walk” legislation through the House. There is zero evidence that Boehner has any actual strategy for securing final enactment of immigration reform in the House, and if the ultimate idea is to scrap the Hastert Rule and allow a House vote on the Senate bill, then the obvious thing to do is to execute that maneuver quickly, not slowly.

    As WaPo’s Greg Sargent has been pointing out for months now, there is almost certainly a majority for the Senate bill, as enacted, in the House, and all Boehner has to do to get the whole saga over with is to bring it up for a vote. Delays and separate-bill maneuvers and evasions and blame-shifting don’t change that dynamic at all. So Yglesias’ conclusion is spot on:

    Read the rest at the link:)

  39. July 30, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I’ll have to check to see if any analysts are talking about this. Looking at the preview of President Obama’s speech today re: changes in corporate tax laws. Perhaps it’s connected with the recent G-20 summit where they were talking about tax reform for huge multinational corps like Apple that were evading taxes.

    From 7/19

    G20 backs corporate tax overhaul

    and today

    Obama to propose ‘grand bargain’ on corporate tax rate, infrastructure

    • July 30, 2013 at 11:41 am

      GOP already shot it down. They won’t wait to even hear the details. That is the depth of their America-hatred. PBO knows this but he’s trying to show the GOP business backers that their Congressional puppets will even do things to harm their corporate interests. Chessmaster Obama at work here.

  40. 90 vcprezofan2
    July 30, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Hey Amk, where are you in your travels? You have been awfully silent – so unlike you. 😀

  41. 91 vcprezofan2
    July 30, 2013 at 11:46 am

    This is a loooong wait for SoS Kerry. I’m gone to feed my face.

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